According to the analysis, U.S. energy efficiency will benefit from several of the bills provisions, including: new minimum efficiency standards for various consumer and commercial products; a program of voluntary commitments from industry to improve energy efficiency; and a program to assist in the design and construction of more energy-efficient schools.
But Steven Nadel, executive director of ACEEE, declared that major gaps remain. The bill does not yet contain either tax credits for advanced energy-efficient technologies or improvements to passenger vehicle fuel efficiency standards. He also indicated that it lacks any significant provision to restore utility investments in energy efficiency.
Publication date: 12/17/2001